The initial payment of $250 for foals of 2016 to be nominated to the 2018 All American Triple Crown at Ruidoso Downs must be postmarked by January 15.
That $250 payment makes the foal of 2016 eligible to the 2018 runnings of the Grade 1 the All American Futurity, the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity, the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and then the 2019 renewals of the Grade 1 All American Derby, Grade 1 Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby.
Thus, for the $250 nomination payment a foal of 2016 starts the eligibility process for six iconic Grade 1 quarter horse races.
The foals of 2016 are also nominated to races for horses that do not make the finals of the Grade 1 futurities: The All American Juvenile, the Rainbow Juvenile and the Ruidoso Juvenile.
When the foals of 2016 are three-year-olds in 2019 they may be eligible for races connected to the Grade 1 derbies – the Mr Jess Perry, the Corona Cartel and the First Down Dash. The Mr Jess Perry is for horses that did not qualify for the Ruidoso Derby, the Corona Cartel is for horses that did not qualify for the Rainbow Derby and the First Down Dash is for horses that did not qualify for the All American Derby.
Last year, the All American Futurity purse was $3 million, the Rainbow Futurity purse was $1 million, the Ruidoso Futurity purse was $1 million, the All American Derby purse was $2,415,084, the Rainbow Derby purse was $1,224,488 and the Ruidoso Derby was $1,038,631.
To download the nomination form for 2016 foals to gain eligibility, go to https://www.raceruidoso.com/nominationforms/ and then click on 2018 Triple Crown Futurity.
To nominate, read the form for in-depth information, complete the form and return to: Nominations, Ruidoso Downs, P.O. Box 449, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico 88346.
For additional information, contact nominations secretary Annelle Reynolds at 575.378.7224.
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